Upper Perkiomen Bests Pequea Valley For Opening Round Victory In Fleetwood Tiger Classic

It’s called the Christmas break. For many, the holiday season between Christmas and New Year’s offers a reprieve from either work or school. In the basketball world, the situation is no different. While some teams choose to remain idle for the entire week, others decide to take advantage of the situation that offers a respite from the nightly grind of seeing the same familiar faces, opting instead to line up against a team that you may not necessarily be all that familiar with, in hopes that you can find a spark that will ignite your squad heading into the new calendar year. That was precisely the case for the Pequea Valley Braves on Wednesday night as they made the trip north to Fleetwood to participate in the 54th annual Fleetwood Tiger Classic. And although Pequea Valley would be looking for that aforementioned spark entering the midweek with a 2-6 overall record after having already seen the likes of Lancaster Catholic, Lancaster Mennonite, and Northern Lebanon, their task on this night would not exactly be considered a walk in the park.

Their opponent, the Upper Perkiomen Indians, entered the Fleetwood holiday tournament on a roll to say the least. After coming up short in their opening game of the season against North Penn, the Indians went on a tear, winning their last six ballgames with visions of taking the Fleetwood tourney undoubtedly on their minds as well. As far as that goal is concerned, so far so good.

It may have been a sign of things to come. Literally right from the opening tap, Upper Perk senior co-captain Ryan Kendra showed why he would be a handful all night for the Pequea Valley defense as the 6’4” guard took the opening defection from the center circle and drew a roadmap to the tin, coming away with the first score of the evening, just seconds into the contest.

But Pequea Valley has an emerging star of their own and his name is Devon Colyer. Right on cue, the 5’10” freshman point guard showed why he is one of the most promising rising stars on the Lancaster-Lebanon League Boys Basketball scene as he too drove hard to the rack and was rewarded for his efforts coming away with a deuce for his squad, good for two of his team-high 18 points on the evening.

If Kendra wasn’t doing the damage for Upper Perk this evening, matchup nightmare Will Walker was more than happy to run with the baton. Or more accurately, dunk the baton which is precisely what the Indians’ 6’7” senior forward was able to do later on in the opening stanza, extending Upper Perk’s lead to 8-4 with 4:40 left to play in the opening quarter.

Undeterred, Pequea Valley stuck to the gameplan, patiently running their offense with Upper Perk threatening to take this one over by force early on. And slowly but surely after a Devon Colyer free throw a little more than a minute after the Walker jam, PV found themselves within one at 8-7 with three minutes left in the first quarter.

But from there on out, Upper Perk was able to keep Pequea Valley in the rearview mirror the rest of the night. Immediately after the Colyer freebie, the Indians roared back with a 6-0 run, the last four of which came from Ryan Kendra, putting Upper Perk up by a touchdown at 14-7 with two minutes left to go in quarter numero uno. The Indian lead only increased from there as a pair of Will Walker free throws allowed Upper Perk to double up Pequea Valley at 18-9 as the opening quarter came to a close.

Once the second quarter got underway, it was more of the same for Upper Perk. After a quick 4-0 run authored by the Indians forced Pequea Valley to call a timeout just 40 seconds into the second quarter, the 4-0 Indian run eventually became a 7-0 Indian run before a Devon Colyer three point play finally stopped the snowball from running downhill on Pequea Valley.

However Upper Perk had one goal in mind on Wednesday night. Make it to the title game. After a pair of triples from Sean Boyle, the road to Thursday night’s final appeared to have a few less speedbumps on it as the Indians’ lead had morphed into a commanding 36-14 cushion with just two minutes left in the opening half.

To their credit however, PV was able to close the opening half with a bang as a triple knocked down by senior forward Nathan Kovalick, coupled with one just moments before the buzzer from Devon Colyer, made it a 38-20 Upper Perk lead at the intermission.

New half, same ole Upper Perk. After a pair of triples splashed home by senior guard Tyler Keyser, the Indian lead had swelled to 44-19 to start the second half. Shortly thereafter, Upper Perk continued to have some fun as a one-handed slam by Ryan Kendra, the Indians’ third dunk of the ballgame, made it a 49-22 score in their favor with 4:58 left to play in the third.

Upper Perk only continued to play relentlessly over the span of the next three minutes of game action as yet another Upper Perk blitz, this one to the tune of 5-0 forced Pequea Valley to burn another timeout, now down 53-22 with 2:02 left in the third.

And although Pequea Valley senior guard Malachi Glick was able to drive hard to the cup and come away with a bucket following the Brave timeout, another dizzying offensive display put on by Upper Perk would close the curtain on the third quarter of play as a beautiful dish from Ryan Kendra to Jon Brown underneath put the bow on a magnificent offensive set for Upper Perk, and the quarter to boot, with the Indians holding serve with the 55-24 advantage.

Pequea Valley would continue to show fight once the final quarter got underway as junior guard Dalton Temple went on his own personal 4-0 flurry to start the final eight minutes out with a bang for the Braves. But Upper Perk’s Brody Case would take it from there as the junior forward’s pullup jumper made it a 30 point Indian lead at 58-28 with just 6:10 left to play. Following suit, fellow junior forward Jake Plessl got in on the scoring party as his triple, coming on the heels of Case’s J, truly allowed Upper Perk to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Although Devon Colyer would have time for one last highlight on this night, a trifecta that made it a 65-33 Upper Perk lead with four minutes left to go, the Indians would be able to close this one out in style as a put back by freshman Riley Decker, piggybacked with a trifecta from Brody Case, put the exclamation mark on Upper Perk’s dominating opening round win over Pequea Valley by a 73-36 count.

UP NEXT: Upper Perkiomen will advance to the finals where the Indians will spar with either Brandywine Heights, a team that Upper Perk defeated by five just two weeks ago, or the host, Fleetwood. At the time of this upload, the final score from the nightcap had yet to appear across the Twitter wire.

Pequea Valley on the other hand will look to regroup 24 hours from now as the Braves will be tasked with putting tonight’s performance behind them as they will meet up with either Brandywine Heights or Fleetwood in the consolation round. After their two-day stay in Fleetwood this week, the Braves will have one more nonleague tester, and it’s a good one too, as the Braves will tangle with Kennard-Dale next Thursday night at home in Kinzers. Following that matchup, PV will jump back in Section 3 play with a roadtrip to ELCO next Friday night.

District 2 Upcoming (Non-Tourney) Games

 

UPCOMING DISTRICT 2 BOYS GAMES

 

TUESDAY, 12/26

Lackawanna Trail at Tunkhannock

 

WEDNESDAY, 12/27

Wilkes-Barre Coughlin at Hazleton Area (WVC)

Blue Mountain at Berwick

 

THURSDAY, 12/28

Benton at MMI Prep

 

SATURDAY, 12/30

Hazleton Area at Williamsport

Abington Heights at Methacton

Western Wayne at Wyoming Area

West Scranton at Montrose

MMI Prep at Panther Valley

Mountain View at Northeast Bradford

 

 

 

UPCOMING DISTRICT 2 GIRLS GAMES

 

WEDNESDAY, 12/27

Northwest Area at Pittston Area

Lake-Lehman at Jim Thorpe

Shikellamy at Williamsport

Lackawanna Trail at Wilkes-Barre Meyers

 

THURSDAY, 12/28

MMI Prep at Salem Christian

 

FRIDAY, 12/29

Central Columbia at Wilkes-Barre Meyers

Williamsport at Hughesville

 

SATURDAY, 12/30

Wyoming Area at Wallenpaupack

Wyalusing Valley at Mountain View

Williamsport vs. Freire Charter (Pottstown Showcase)

 

 

 

 

 

Buckskins Stymie McCaskey As Conestoga Valley Picks Up First Section 1 Victory Of The Season

When trying to handicap the 2017-18 Lancaster Lebanon Boys Basketball season as it specifically related to Section 1, it was largely agreed that it would turn out to be a three horse race with Hempfield, Manheim Township, and Cedar Crest duking it out from December through early February for supremacy in the “big boy” division of the L-L. And after last week, that largely appeared to be the narrative that would take shape. But there was a storm brewing down in Lancaster city.

It almost sounds sacrilegious when you say it out loud. McCaskey not in the mix for the league championship, much less the section championship. But after a disappointing season last year where the Red Tornado failed to make any sort of postseason tournament for what felt like the first time since the dawn of man combined with ultra-talented returning rosters from the three main aforementioned headliners, it seemed difficult to place McCaskey in the upper-echelon of Section 1 given what we knew, or thought we knew, heading into this year.

After disappointing week last week which saw the Red Tornado drop decisions to Chester, Cedar Crest, and Harrisburg respectively, McCaskey was clearly hungry to prove that a grueling slate of games such as those would make them all the better for it as McCaskey had soared to an undefeated 2-0 week in Section 1 heading into Friday’s neighborhood scrap with Conestoga Valley as the Tornado had ascended into the top layer of the Section 1 standings, making it feel like old times had returned to Red Rose city.

Although the early season wins and losses have not been kind to the Buckskins up until this point as CV came into the end of the week just 2 up and 5 down, CV possesses arguably the best two-headed monster in all the league with the dynamic senior sibling duo of Logan and Austin Monroe leading the way. Without question, either one of the brothers could easily go off for 20 points or more on any given night. When you add firepower like that to help brought along from the young and eager supporting cast surrounding them, the Bucks were looking to make waves on Friday night by picking up their first Section 1 win of the season, snapping a three game losing skid in the process, against an old nemesis from right down the road as the Buckskins finally had the opportunity to close the book on an unforgiving gauntlet of games to start section play. A slate of games that consisted of Hempfield, Township, Cedar Crest, and just for good measure, McCaskey. Not exactly the fuzziest of welcome mats rolled out for the Buckskins to begin section play. But on Friday night in Witmer, the Bucks were able to put all of their frustrations to bed as Conestoga Valley at long last was finally able to recognize the sweet taste of victory in Section 1.

After a somewhat sloppy start for either team, both the Red Tornado and Buckskins were finally able to settle into a rhythm and trade body blows with one another as the first quarter moved along. With much of the first quarter being played within a two point window, both CV and McCaskey took their turns playing with lead. After an early Buckskin advantage, a triple by McCaskey’s Makai Ortiz put the Tornado back in front at 7-6 with 4:45 left in the opening frame.

But CV would be able to respond throughout several checkpoints in the game’s first eight minutes including with two minutes and change remaining when Logan Monroe drove hard to the rack for the bucket which put CV back in front 12-11.

It would turn out to be a quick lead however when no more than a minute later, McCaskey’s Gary Smith splashed home a trifecta to put the Tornado back in the driver’s seat at 14-12. But similar to their counterparts, this too be prove to a quick dance with the lead for McCaskey as well when a pair of free throws from CV’s Austin Monroe tied things up at 14-14 with 35 ticks left in the first.

But that was just enough time for McCaskey to offer up a response as a slicing move to the hoop by junior guard Bryam Menendez put McCaskey on top 16-14 when the first quarter horn finally sounded.

For as much of a back and forth battle the first quarter appeared to be, the early portions of the second stanza would provide an opportunity for CV to claim the lead and then build upon it. After a strong effort on the defensive end got momentum building for CV, highlighted with a block by junior forward Jalen Ransing, the Bucks saw and seized their window of opportunity.

After a fast break clinic was put on by the Monroe brothers with Austin feeding Logan, the Buckskins pushed their lead up to five at 23-18. Couple that with a Ransing bucket on a later trip and CV had suddenly jumped out to a 25-18 cushion, promptly McCaskey to burn a timeout with 3:36 left in the half.

Although McCaskey would come up empty on several trips from there on out to end the half due to cold outside shooting with CV sitting back in a zone inviting McCaskey to fire away, the Tornado were finally able to get one to go home as a triple by Ajani Simmons cut the Buckskin lead down to just three at 29-26 with a little over two minutes remaining.

But Austin Monroe would go on to close the half in style as the Bucks’ senior point guard went on his own personal 5-0 run to close the half with CV on top by double figures at 38-28.

Coming out of the recess, CV picked up right where they left off. After an Austin Monroe lay in got the second half scoring underway, a sweet reverse finish at the tin by Jordan Ransing upped the Buckskin lead to 14 at 44-30 with CV on the verge of running away with it.

But fortunately for the Red Tornado backers, they saw their team receive a jolt of energy after a couple of made baskets allowed McCaskey to initiate their full-court press which promptly gave the Buckskins fits. After some ill-timed turnovers that went against CV, a bucket by Tallian Lehr sliced the CV advantage down to six at 51-45 with 2:48 to play, forcing CV to call time in order to help stem the tide. Shortly thereafter, the situation grew even more adverse for CV when a triple by McCaskey senior Isiah Speller made it an even slimmer lead with the cushion now standing at three with CV in front 51-48.

After a desperately-needed hoop was put home by Logan Monroe inside for CV in the face of the McCaskey comeback, the Tornado rushed back with a 5-0 run of their own to tie things back up as another Ajani Simmons triple made things all square at 53-53 as the third quarter clock expired.

Although McCaskey would have solid contributions from nearly everyone across the board in the scoring department, they simply could not match the output put forth on Friday night by the Monroe brothers of CV. With Austin have game-high honors with 27 and Logan not far behind with a 25 point showing, the brothers Monroe accounted for over 50 points of their team’s offensive output. It’s a dynamic duo that CV head man Brad Herr is certainly happy to have on his fighting side each and every night. “They’re going to have to lead us,” Herr said of his two headliners. “When they’re playing well, playing together, and playing hard, they are a really tough tandem,” Herr went on to add regarding the 1-2 punch of #5 and #32.

But basketball is a team game and without the help of CV’s supporting cast, it’s hard to envision the Buckskins being able to walk away as winners on Friday night. “You have to give credit to the other guys on the roster that are finding them in space, creating opportunities for them, and giving them good outlets. I really thought it was a total team effort,” the head Buckskin went on to add before summing it all up by saying point blank, “This was the most complete game that we’ve played.”

And right on cue with the game on the line, the two brothers stepped up in the Bucks’ time of need. After a 7-0 Monroe blitz that was capped off with Logan nailing a triple from the top of key, McCaskey was forced to call another timeout now down 60-53 with 5:18 remaining.

But McCaskey rallied the troops and fought back over the span of the next few minutes and after a triple by Ajani Simmons, his fourth of the ballgame, the Red Tornado were now back to within four at 63-59 with 2:11 left go. “We took a great comeback punch from McCaskey,” Coach Herr said in the aftermath. “They hit some huge shots and give to credit to them. They didn’t quit and kept fighting.”

With McCaskey being whistled for a foul on the ensuing inbounds play, Bradley Stoltzfus walked all 94 feet to the other end with huge free throws upcoming. No nerves on this night for the sophomore however as the Buckskin guard sank two important free throws with the game on the line to expand the CV lead in crunch time. But as Coach Herr mentioned the postgame, McCaskey would not stop competing until the clock showed all zeroes. And with time still remaining, the Tornado were able to answer the two freebies with one better as a 3 ball popped by senior Gary Smith kept McCaskey in the thick of things.

Free throws. Free throws. Free throws. So many games are won and lost at the line and much to CV’s credit, foul shooting would not prove to be their demise on this night. After the Smith trifecta, it was Austin Monroe’s turn to toe the line and step up for CV squad. He was able to do exactly that as a 2-2 trip from the charity stripe put the Bucks up five at 69-64 late. But once again, another Smith triple cut the Buckskin lead down to just three at 70-67 with just 9.7 remaining.

Tight game, ultra-important free throw shooting. This time CV called upon junior guard Joe Cardina to deliver the goods just prior the Christmas holiday and fortunately for the Buckskins, he was able to do exactly that as 1-2 trip from the line gave CV the now monumental four point gap with just under 10 ticks left to go.

Need proof as to just how critical that free throw was? McCaskey came right down the floor and saw Ajani Simmons ring home another 3 ball which made it a 71-70 ballgame with just 1.2 left to play. From there, CV was able to squirm away on the ensuing inbounds play without getting fouled in the last second, giving CV the much-deserved and badly-needed victory after a rough patch over the course of the last week.

After such a grueling span of games that saw the Bucks come up short in all of their Section 1 games to this point, including a 36 point setback to Cedar Crest on their home floor on Wednesday night, the resiliency displayed by CV to step up, especially when the seas got rough on Friday night cannot be overstated. “I felt a lot better about our enthusiasm tonight,” Coach Herr said of his team’s bounceback. “The togetherness that we demonstrated, the energy coming off the bench, and our language was much more positive tonight. We weren’t really happy with our performance earlier this week. To put it mildly, we addressed that in practice last night. I think the attitudes have really improved in a very short span of time for us.”

They say pressure can either make diamonds or burst pipes. Well, as far this test was concerned, CV was able to handle Friday’s night adversity with flying colors. “I think that’s good for us at this point,” CV’s 11th year head coach said of his team navigating a rocky road after some recent hard luck. “We need to know that we can face adversity and overcome it.” Mission accomplished.

NEXT UP: CV will now take a couple days off to celebrate the Christmas holiday before rounding everyone back up and heading north to do battle in the annual Wyomissing Holiday Tournament. In the opening contest, the Bucks will tangle with an Exeter squad that already tripped them up earlier this season in the opening round of Exeter’s tip off tourney. “I think we’re looking forward to having another chance there,” Coach Herr said of the CV’s opening round opponent up at Wyo. “They’re a tough squad and we want another chance.”

Once section plays resumes at the start of January, CV will square off with the likes of Lebanon, Penn Manor, and Warwick. And with tonight’s win already in their backpocket, this victory could serve as a catalyst for CV turning things around heading into the back half of their remaining schedule.

“We talked before the game that the only two things that we can control are our effort and our attitude. We did that tonight. I think we’re in a position where if we continue with that and maintain positive traction, we can get on a streak here and put ourselves in a good position coming out of the first section round.”

McCaskey now will look to regain their winning ways when the Tornado host their annual Hagelgans & Veronis Classic held at McCaskey over the 27th and 28th. Following that, McCaskey will meet up with Route 30 rival Coatesville before the Red Tornado reenter Section 1 competition with a home date against Warwick.

Mark 22 photos: Warwick/Hempfield Dec 22

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Hempfield/ Warwick Gallery

 

Hempfield at Warwick boys’ basketball on December 22, 2017. Mark Palczewski Photo.

Hempfield at Warwick boys’ basketball on December 22, 2017. Mark Palczewski Photo.

Hempfield at Warwick boys’ basketball on December 22, 2017. Mark Palczewski Photo.

 

Hempfield at Warwick boys’ basketball on December 22, 2017. Mark Palczewski Photo.

Vikings Continue To Pillage As Northern Lebanon Knocks Off Columbia

Alright LLhoops.com readers, time for a little pop quiz. For this one we will need your complete and total honesty. Ready? Here we go. Please raise your hand if you would have predicted that on the eve of the last section game before Christmas the Northern Lebanon Vikings Boys Basketball team would be undefeated in Section play, let alone being a double overtime decision away from a totally unblemished record. All finished? Well, chances are that unless you are firmly entrenched in the Vikings camp or were being 100% honest, that hand was not raised. Yet here they are.

Preseason prognostications aside, there is one rock-solid lesson that we have learned up to this point this season. And that is that the actual games on the court are what separates the pretenders from the contenders. Take notes because it’s a seminar that the Northern Lebanon Vikings are illuminating for everyone.

On Wednesday night, the hot-starting Vikes played host a Columbia squad fresh off an impressive win of their own over another upstart Lebanon County club in Annville-Cleona on Monday evening. A Tide team that by way just so happened to qualify for the state playoffs last year. But this is a different year, a different night, and more importantly, a much different group of Vikings.

Although Northern Lebanon would score the first bucket of the night, the Crimson Tide struck back with a vengeance. Columbia would see Northern Lebanon’s early hoop and retaliate with an 11-0 run to go in front in the blink of an eye. The run was fittingly ignited by Columbia’s star senior point guard Meleik Crenshaw who chipped in the first five to Tide flurry as the Vikes found themselves down 11-2 with 5:24 left in the first quarter, calling a timeout to regroup.

Although an Alex Yeager bucket would finally stop the dry-spell for NL, Columbia’s Matt McCleary was there with the answer as the sophomore’s hoop inside pushed Columbia’s lead back up over the ten point bubble with the Tide now in front 15-4 before a Jaden Neal floater made an even bigger dent on the scoreboard as Columbia suddenly found themselves firmly in the driver’s seat leading 17-6.

Although Northern Lebanon found themselves in a deep hole early, the Vikings continued to stick with it and slowly but surely NL had rejoined the race, climbing back to within ten as the first quarter expired with Columbia in the lead at 17-10.

In the first quarter, Columbia’s offense was operating at a high level getting buckets inside and also from behind the arc as well. However once the second quarter got underway, the Crimson Tide offense was grinded to a halt by a 2-3 zone slapped on by Northern Lebanon. With the Tide being diligent on the offensive end trying to solve the puzzling Northern Lebanon defensive scheme, the Vikings made good on their opportunity to strike as back to back triples from Alex Yeager and Thomas Folmer respectively sliced the Tide lead down to just one point at 17-16, forcing a Columbia timeout with 4:32 left in the half.

You want proof as to just how daunting the Vikings’ zone was? How’s this for dominance? Before a kiss off the glass by talented freshman big man Daivon Edmond, Columbia’s scoring dry spell was finally over. But the damage had already been done as Northern Lebanon had pitched a shutout over Columbia for the first 5:30 minutes of the second frame.

But for all the scoring woes that had besmirched Columbia in the initial few minutes of the quarter, both the Tide and Vikings were about to trade volleys back and forth for the remainder of the half.

The blitzkrieg began with Caleb Light tossing in a triple, good for three of his game-high 26 on the night, to knot things back up at 19 apiece before Matt McCleary had the response with two 3 balls of his own to put Columbia back in front which sent the teams into the intermission with Columbia in possession of the 27-22 halftime lead.

Coming out of the break, Northern Lebanon came out firing on all cylinders. After a Caleb Light triple got the scoring party started and a Henry Hubbard drive to the tin followed suit, the Vikings had rattled off a quick 5-0 blitz to tie the game back up at 27-27 in the early stages of the third quarter.

Although the Tide would counter with a nice dump down feed to Davion Edwards inside to go back in front, Northern Lebanon reclaimed their first lead of the game since 2-0 when Hubbard buried a trey to put the Vikes in front 30-29 with five minutes left to go in the third. From there, Northern Lebanon was able to expand upon their lead as the Vikings began to show their toughness, absolutely owning the offensive glass, including one possession in which Northern Lebanon tracked down at least four offensive boards before settling down and reorganizing into another offensive set. And after a steal and finish on the defensive end by NL’s Caleb Light which made it a 36-31 ballgame in Northern Lebanon’s favor, the Vikes were then able to carry that momentum through the remainder of the third quarter and into the final stanza with NL in front 38-32.

With the game still very much up for grabs, Columbia needed to mount a response in order to quell the Northern Lebanon storm that was brewing. Unfortunately for the visitors, cold-shooting began to plague the Crimson Tide as Columbia was unable to generate any sort of momentum with easy buckets as Northern Lebanon only improved upon their lead.

Despite the fact that the Tide were not able to turn things around by way of their offense, their high-intensity brand of defense helped pave the way for a late charge. And after a pair of Jaden Neal buckets, the last of which came off the defense, the Tide had inched their way back into it as the home-standing Vikings owned the slim five point lead at 42-37 with three minutes left to go.

However as mentioned earlier, this is a different group of Vikings this year. Never was that more apparent than when in the face of danger with Columbia mounting a possible late-game comeback effort, the senior leadership of Alex Yeager prevailed as the 5’11” Northern Lebanon guard attacked the rim and came away with a much-needed bucket to calm the seas with Columbia knocking on the door. But the Tide refused to away and after a pair of Jaden Neal freebies from the charity stripe, Columbia had once again trimmed Northern Lebanon’s lead down to size at 44-41.

But just as Yeager was able to step up in crunch-time with a big bucket from the field, he was equally up to the task from the free throw line as well as a pair of Yeager free throws coupled with a big bucket by big man Cameron Gensler made it a now commanding Viking advantage with the game headed down the home stretch.

Unphased, Columbia kept pushing and pushing and was finally rewarded with a timely trifecta from sophomore marksman Matt McCleary to trim NL’s lead down to five at 49-44 with just 50.2 seconds left to go. After the McCleary 3 ball, Columbia’s fullcourt press continued to pay dividends as a 5 second call whistled against the Vikings on the ensuing inbounds gave the ball back to Columbia with the opportunity to cut even further into the Northern Lebanon lead.

But that would not come to pass as the Tide was turned away leading to another pair of free throws on the other end, these from fellow senior Caleb Light who added to his sensational night, to put Northern Lebanon up 52-46.

With the ball back and one last chance, Columbia need to score. And fast. But it was not to be on this night. After a costly Tide turnover, the early-season legend of the Northern Lebanon Vikings only continued to grow as more late game free throw shooting helped the Vikings close this one out, giving the Vikes a huge leg up in the Section 3 race by virtue of their 56-48 victory over Columbia.

NEXT UP: With their win in the midweek, Northern Lebanon remains unbeaten in Section 3 play with the likes of traditional heavyweights Lancaster Catholic and Lancaster Mennonite. The Vikes will now look to ride their tidal wave of momentum all the way down to Kinzers on Friday night as Northern Lebanon preps for battle with Pequea Valley. After Friday night, Northern Lebanon will return home to Fredericksburg when they host their annual holiday tournament next week. Admittedly, it’s a tourney that gets more and more intriguing with each Viking victory and it could all possibly lead up to a tasty Section 1 vs Section 3 battle in the finals between Penn Manor and Northern Lebanon.

The road does not get any easier for Columbia after Wednesday night. Now sitting at 1-2 in the Section 3 standings, the Tide will go back into battle on Friday night with an excursion into Lancaster city to tangle with longtime rival Lancaster Catholic who also has an unblemished Section 3 mark. Once section play returns after the turn of the calendar year, Columbia will square off with Lebanon Catholic back on The Hill.

GOVERNOR MIFFLIN PULLS AWAY FROM CONRAD WEISER 54-43

It was another Berks I vs Berks II matchup in Shillington Thursday night.  Conrad Weiser made the trek to GMIS to take on the Mustangs.  For three quarters the teams mostly traded baskets. But a strong fourth quarter propelled Governor Mifflin to a 54-43 win over Conrad Weiser.

The Mustangs were led in scoring by Ben Walmer and his 14 points.  Opportunistic Darius Copeland and Niggel Brown each had solid performances with 11 each.  Alex Druckenmiller paced the Scouts attack with 13

Mifflin led after quarter one 14-11.  Both teams had trouble getting shots to go down in quarter two and we were tied 18-18 at halftime.

Good shooting from behind the arc helped Weiser stay to within 35-29 after three.  Mifflin controlled the boards and forced key turnovers in quarter four to  capture the victory 54-43.

The Mustangs now (4-1) on the year host Perk Valley Saturday at noon.  Conrad Weiser now (2-4) is at Warwick on the 28th.

 

 

Dec 18-23 Scores/Schedule

Fri  Dec 22

Sec 1
TWP 77 @ Crest  71
McCaskey 70 CV  71
 Hempfield 38  Warwick 36
Penn Manor  31 Lebanon 44

Section 2
Solanco 35 Etown 61
LS 69 Spot 45

Section 3
Columbia 51 Lanc. Cath.. 68
N. Leb 83  PV 46

Non League
Lebanion Cath. 77  High Point 16
Palmyra 31 Cocalico 41

 

Wed Dec 20

Sec 1
Lebanon 51 Warwick 58
TWP 36  Hempfield 67
Crest 73  CV  39
Penn Manor 52 McCaskey 77

 Section 2
Ephrata 41 Cocalico 53
Donegal 68 Spot 63
Solanco 26 LS 58
Etown 57  M Central  59

Section 3
Lanc. Cath..  51  AC 43
Columbia 48 N. Leb 56
LMHS  69 PV 26
Leb. Cath. 44 ELCO 86

 

Mon.  Dec 18

LL Games

Sec 1
Warwick  40 @ Crest 52
CV  41@ TWP 58
Hempfield  54 @ Penn Manor 40
McCaskey 59 @ Lebanon 56

Section 2
Cocalico 48 @ Solanco  41
 M Central   45 @  Donegal 40
LS 39 @ Etown 41
Spot 57 @ Ephrata 47

Section 3
AC  54 @ Columbia 70
ELCO  49 @ LMHS 65
PV 48 @ Lanc. Cath 70
Leb. Cath.36 @  N. Leb.  80